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Spray Foam for basements, which of the different types are best environmentally?

...basements with spray foam is not uncommon , and in most cases works very well. A lot people like spray foam as an air barrier, a vapor barrier and for energy-ef...

Posted by Rose Adams Jan. 9, 2020, 9:33 a.m. Insulation and soundproofing 1 Responses

How do you best use polyiso insulation in a basement?

...basements due to their resiliency when exposed to moisture, where Polyiso can be negatively affected by exposure to moisture and there is often a lot of that, o...

Posted by Iain Matheson Jan. 24, 2020, 7:45 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

What sized does the Hemp Insulation come in?

I would like to know if you have a data sheet on the Hemp Insulation that I could look at. Also is it a semi-rigid board? Can you make it in rolls? Thank you...

Posted by Gary Stapley Feb. 5, 2021, 6:15 p.m. Insulation and soundproofing 0 Responses

My basement is smelly and humid, what can I do about that?

...basements are moldy and how to fix it It sounds like you do have problems caused by excess water infiltrating your basement walls, probably by capillarity, wh...

Posted by Jeff O. Feb. 8, 2017, 10:22 a.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses

Should I install basement drain tile vents?

...basements are moldy - how to fix & prevent mold in homes We would love to help, and I think you could really stand for a second opinion before you move ahead,...

Posted by gary taube Dec. 11, 2019, 10:14 p.m. Foundation and basement improvements 3 Responses

How do you prevent moisture from getting into a basement footing?

...basements: how to insulate your basement properly In there you will see a few different techniques for insulating basements, whether that is insulation on the...

Posted by Frank Liu June 24, 2020, 9:58 a.m. New foundations and slab-on-grade 1 Responses

How do you fix radon in a basement?

...basements and crawl spaces it discusses radon mitigation in finished basements towards the bottom of the page, and I think your best bet may be sub-slab depress...

Posted by Ej Weiss Aug. 11, 2021, 7:14 p.m. Radon in Homes - Mitigation 3 Responses

What is the best way to insulate rim joists with EPS and batts?

...basements have read about three methods using EPS & batt with slightly different orders. Plan to insulate concrete walls with 2" of EPS, with 2x4 framing (fille...

Posted by Steve J July 18, 2019, 3:53 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Is there any risk to a concrete foundation from adding interior insulation?

...basements moldy" recommendation of rigid insulation board directly against the concrete and then a framed stud wall with mineral wool batts and drywall with lat...

Posted by Drew Tozer Jan. 5, 2021, 12:57 p.m. Basements improvements 9 Responses

Can you Insulate a cinder block basement foundation with Rockwool?

...basements. Basements and basement walls work differently in summer and winter than walls exposed to air . Basement walls are always cold but touching earth ...

Posted by Victor B June 19, 2019, 11:41 p.m. Basements improvements 5 Responses

How do I insulate my half below grade basement?

...basements at home, I'm finding it a learning curve in building science! The building is over 100 years old with a half below grade (fully cured!) concrete bas...

Posted by tom mckeand Oct. 14, 2019, 11:01 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

Why do you shim up basement walls?

...BASEMENTS MOLDY? HOW TO FIX OR PREVENT A MOLDY BASEMENT page. Shim up bottom plates to allow for water to pass under in cases of mild flooding. What do ...

Posted by t b March 2, 2021, 3:17 p.m. Basements improvements 4 Responses

What is the best way to finish basement walls?

...basements Building better basements: how to insulate your basement properly If you look at some of the diagrams in that page you will notice a few things th...

Posted by Aram Scaram Jan. 21, 2021, 5:13 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

How do you build a mold-free basement in a new construction house?

...Basements can easily be built to remain mold-free, but sadly that is not usually how they are built, and standard building practices virtually guarantee basemen...

Posted by Charmaine Herzig Feb. 10, 2020, 7:32 p.m. Basements improvements 3 Responses

Which is the best basement insulation?

...Basements are more susceptible to moisture and water damage , so you should keep that in mind when choosing insulation for basements , along with how to design ...

Posted by Alex Kesheshian April 23, 2020, 12:29 a.m. Basements 1 Responses

How should I insulate basement Walls in climate zone 5?

I live in climate zone 5 in USA and plan to frame basement walls roughly 3” away from concrete and then place mineral wool between the studs. I do not plan to ...

Posted by Chad Johnson March 25, 2019, 8:33 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do I waterproof a foundation from the inside?

...basements properly - How to insulate a basement and protect it against water damage and flooding Bulk water directed towards your foundation will also raise...

Posted by Kurt Brenner Nov. 14, 2017, 9:47 a.m. Foundations and Basements 1 Responses

Does the basement construction information on this website apply to the climates in Canada?

...basements: how to insulate your basement properly Preventing mold when you insulate your basement How much insulation does a basement need? Stop Basements...

Posted by BIG FOOT Nov. 17, 2020, 9:34 p.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses